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CMV by Qualitative PCR (Cytomegalovirus)

Mnemonic:    [CMV Ql PCR]
Name:    CMV by Qualitative PCR (Cytomegalovirus)
Specimen:     Acceptable samples: peripheral blood in lavender (EDTA) or serum separator tube, amniotic fluid, CSF, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), ocular fluid, urine or biopsy tissue.

Transfer all specimens to sterile containers for transport to the refrence lab.

Whole blood, bone marrow and heparinized specimes are unacceptable.
Transport Temp:    FREEZE
Spec Stability:    Stable 3 days refrigerated.
Ref Lab/Code:    ARUP 0060040
  Method:    Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Note:    Peripheral blood sample: Centrifuge the sample; remove and freeze 1 mL plasma/serum before transporting.

Biopsy tissue: Freeze tissue immediately
Processing Info:    Specimen source is required. Write it on the label and have a tech verify the CMV SOURCE in PathNet.